Awami: Spring Sesshin in Bergerac Hub

Written by Valerie – Tenzo and Life Itself Pioneer It was in the community of Life Itself in Bergerac that our zafus settled down to practice and move together to the rhythm of Zazen, cleaning, cooking and eating, and it was in this dynamic movement that we touched the heart (the literal meaning of sesshin).  […]

Collective Wisdom Contemplative Activism Gathering

On Contemplative Activism and a vision of Life Itself

This extract is taken from a session at our Gathering 2020 on Collective Practices. Here, Valerie Duvauchelle summarised what was said and some suggested ideas. This is very much a work in progress, and we invite you too to participate. Contemplative Activism is another name for awakening to s(S)elf, the basis of Life Itself’s vision  […]


Wise Food

By Lily Joan Food is sacred.  It’s not about us, it’s about a bigger whole. The connection between our planet and us, about the exchange of energy. Ironically, mother nature doesn’t need us to survive, but we do need her.   Yet, somehow over time, we have steered ourselves away from the living with, instead leading lives […]


Wise Tea

Wise Tea is a web-documentary questioning what it means to be Taiwanese. The project seeks to build a narrative around what constitutes Taiwanese wisdom and identity, delving into its complexity, taboos and ambiguity. Wise Tea relates the journey of two young women, an artist and a political scientist, wishing to enquire about their Taiwanese roots. […]